Bird Walks & Field Trips

Bird Walks

Monthly Bird Walk (1st of the month)

Bird Walks are meant to be a casual, local morning of birding. They are a great time to enjoy birds with others, find new areas to visit, and/or work on bird identification by sight and sound or to practice your eBird app with help when needed. These walks are usually easy to join or depart at any time during the morning, no commitment to participate in the entire walk if you have limited time. Please, only fully vaccinated participants at this time.

December 1st bird walk:  Ft. Vancouver NHS
Meeting time: 8 am
Meeting location: Ft. Vancouver’s new parking lot on 5th (east of 5th and Ft. Vancouver Way)

A great year for Acorn Woodpeckers at the Fort! We will walk the property to look and listen for these clown-faced woodpeckers and any other wintering birds we can find. We will include a walk to the waterfront portion of the park if conditions allow. We will meet at the new parking lot, just east of the intersection of 5th and Ft. Vancouver Way.

Contact Cindy at to with any questions or sign up for a walk.

January 1st bird walk:  Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park
Meeting time: 9 am
Meeting location: Frenchman’s Bar south parking (center lot, near restroom)

What will your first birds be for 2023?

Celebrate the new year with some first-of-year (FOY) birds! We will get to enjoy the Sandhill Cranes and hordes of geese using the fields next to the park and check the treed areas for other great wintering birds (maybe even an owl!). This park has a great variety of habitats with a good mix of wintering species! Be sure to dress for the weather!

Adverse winter weather may cause cancellation, registrants should check their email and/or texts the evening before for updates.

Field Trips

Please review the current VAS Guidelines and Waiver before registering for a trip.

Northern Harrier

Saturday, Dec 3

Young Birders’ Club Bird Walk

Leader: Cindy McCormack
Meeting time: 8:00am
Meeting location: Frenchman’s Bar County Park,  center south lot
Register: none required

Chickadees, Eagles, and Ducks, Oh My!
The Vancouver Audubon Society’s Young Birder’s Club is hosting a bird walk led by expert birder Cindy McCormack. Join us on Saturday, December 3rd at 8 a.m. and Frenchman’s Bar to meet some incredible birds! We’ll walk around, learn about and see the local avifauna, and meet with fellow birders. Open to anyone 10-18 years old plus parent/guardian. Feel free to reach out to  with any questions. We will have binoculars and spotting scopes to share.

Ridgefield/Sauvie/Vancouver CBC

Monday, Dec 19, 2022
Leader: assigned group or sector
Departure time: arranged
Meeting location:  arranged

Register: Susan Setterberg call or text: 856-701-2542 or email  

Participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count! From December 14 through January 5 each year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas brave snow, wind, or rain, and take part in the effort. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this long-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations, and to help guide conservation action. 

Raptor Survey Route

Leader: Randy Hill
Date/departure time: Arranged
Meeting location:  Arranged
Register: email or call/text 360-975-2573

Ride along to help locate and count raptors on an area driving route. Highlights are raptors and some occasional surprising finds in areas infrequently birded.

VAS Field Trip Guidelines

VAS Field Trip Waiver

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